Located in the Texas Mid-West region where hunting and fishing is considered major industries. Coleman is rich in natural resources which have given life to a diversified economy based on farming, ranching, coal, oil and gas production and varied industry.
The community is surrounded by the refreshing waters of six major lakes: Lake Coleman, lvie Reservoir, Lake Scarborough, Memory Lake, Lake Santa Anna, and Hord's Creek.
October is a busy month for Coleman and Coleman County. We had a great Fiesta de la Paloma with several new things for everyone to do and eat! Lots of good fun was had by all! We thank every who helped with Fiesta de la Paloma, whether it was financial, labor or just some good ole' support and positive words. Without your support we would not be able to do any of the activities that we do. Hopefully next year we can have even more helpers so we can do much more.
There were two ribbon cuttings this month. CMS has moved to a very unique new location. Their offices are now located on the corner of Walnut and Concho in the old Texaco Station. Stop by and see them and enjoy the atmosphere of way back when!! New business owner Pam Bowman opened her new business, Texas Roots Quilting with a ribbon cutting this month. If your interest is in quilting, she will have everything you might need to get started or even if you're an old pro at. Stop by and see what Pam has to offer.
The streets were busy one weekend with CHS Alumni. There was a multi-class reunion of alumni of CHS. Many came back to town sharing fond memories of their old school days and remembering all the things they did in Coleman. It's fun to see their smiling faces as they are remembering things that we that live here day in and day out sometimes take for granted.
The Sacred Heart Catholic Church had a great crowd at their Fall Festival. Fall brings out all of the festivities in the air as the leaves start to turn and the air begins to get a little brisk. Just when you think you can't stand the heat, fall comes this way and we are all so grateful.
The 2nd Annual Prickly Pear Pairing Style Show sponsored by the Circle C Cattlewomen was once again a huge success, as well as the Prickly Pear food + Wine Festival hosted by Signal Fredericksburg and it's many sponsors. These events bring many people to Coleman. We thank
everyone who had a part in any way for these events.
The Spotlight of businesses this month is Centennial Lodge with owners Hank and Darla Wise. This all began with a little rock house and trailer near Rockwood in the Southern Coleman County. The Wise Family settled in South Coleman County primarily due to the excellent hunting and developed a ranching operation which also contains land in Northern McCullough County. Along with the ranching operation they added some recreational guided dove hunts.
The major boost to the Wise hunting operation in 2004 when Hank and Darla purchased the old historical school building known as Centennial Lodge School. Built in 1936, the school was a central high school for the communities of Valera, Bowen, New Central and White Chapel. In 1958, Centennial consolidated with Talpa, and served as the elementary campus until Panther Creek School was built in 1988. Until 2004, the school building was a cooperative alternate school until it was closed and bought by the Wises.
To develop a state of the art hunting lodge, the Wises did a major upgrade to the interior of the building. That included moving walls, improving dining areas and increasing vacancy. The exterior of the building was left in its original state to preserve the integrity of the building.
Today, there is a large commercial kitchen with dining area and a lodge annex on the 9 acre facility. For the past 10 years Centennial Lodge has become a popular location for several events. The dove hunting takes place in September and October. Each weekend is filled with 80 plus hunters, primarily corporate hunts, which all services are managed by the Wises.
In the off season, the lodge is used for all kinds of events. The most popular are family reunions, but the lodge has hosted church sponsored events, cooperate events and training events. To the Wises the most popular event is the Rolling Plains Bob White Brigade held every June. Recently Hunter Wise, a son, joined the operation. Their other son, Haden Wise will soon be joining the operation which will make it a full family operation. Taking their agriculture operation and adding the recreational aspect is a great example of diversification to enhance and insure the total operation.
The Chamber of Commerce is open from 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday. We are located at 218 Commercial Ave., Coleman, Texas and our phone number is 325-625-2163. We invite you to stop by and visit us any time.
|Coleman At A Glance
Coleman is located near the geographical center of Texas, 54 miles southeast of Abilene.
The annual average temperature is 65º. Average rainfall for the year is 26.5 inches
The City of Coleman is comprised of 5,410 residents. The Coleman County's population is 9,710. The median age is 42.1 and the median household effective buying income is $16,483. The area's civilian labor force numbers 4,335
The city is governed by a Mayor-Council-Manager system. The county government is presided over by a County Judge and
- Health Care
CCMC is a Critical Access Hospital offering a Swing Bed Program for long term care patients, physical therapy, and radiology. To assure that we provide the highest quality care, we follow nationally recognized evidence based guidelines and core measures. We are dedicated to using advances in technology to improve our patient's care and safety. We provide primary care services that are second to none in quality and we do it with a personal touch that can only be found in a small town hospital! CCMC provides day surgery, Obstetrics/Labor & Delivery, Dental surgery, and preventive testing (upper and lower GI procedures)
The local airport, located one mile from the community, has a 4,500' paved, lighted runway for corporate and private
planes. Aircraft services are also available. Regional airports with commercial airlines are located in Abilene (54 miles) and Brownwood (30 miles).
Electric power with distribution voltages of 2,400 / 4,160, is provided by the City of Coleman.
ATMOS Energy supplies gas. Distribution line and pressure 60PSI - 8".
Water and sewage services are provided by the City of Coleman. Water treatment capacity is 5,200,000 gallons per day; average daily demand is 2,000,000 gallons per day. Sewage capacity is 800,000 gallons.
Verizon Company provides local telephone service and high-speed internet service.
Coleman schools include one elementary, one middle and one high school, as well as a remodeled Co-operative Alternative.
Santa Anna, and Panther Creek Independent School Districts are also located in Coleman County.
Coleman is home to 22 churches of Protestant and Catholic denominations.
Founded in 1876 on Hords Creek, area of rolling, grassy plains and wide bottom lands. A typical frontier settlement, first store hardly completed before a cemetery was laid out for loser in cowboy gunfight. Today seat of Coleman County. Area still devoted to large scale ranching; additional income from oil, natural gas, limestone.
Coleman lies on U.S. 84, a segment of the Ports to Plains Highway connecting the state's heartland to coastal ports.
Coleman, Texas is rich in natural resources which have given life to a diversified economy based on farming, ranching, coal, oil and gas production and varied industry.
The community, county seat of Coleman County, is surrounded by the refreshing waters of six major lakes. Lake Coleman, Ivie Reservoir, Lake Scarborough, Memory Lake, Lake Santa Anna and Hord's Creek. More than 70 private lakes add to the allure of natural beauty and recreational pleasure.
Coleman County also offers a wealth of frontier heritage. Named for Robert M. Coleman, aide-de-camp to General Sam Houston, the county contains several sites that testify to its historical prominence.
Well-preserved artifacts still remain from Camp Colorado, the area's earliest outpost. At the foot of the historic Santa Anna mountains lies a pioneer cabin a Registered U.S. Museum. Additional points of historical are the early towns of Trickham and Voss. Several of Coleman's older homes have been restored, including the Blair house, and official Texas Historical Landmark.
Business and Industry
The business climate in Coleman is as attractive as its ideal year-round weather. Foremost is the friendly and cooperative spirit that characterizes the area's labor force. Coleman's fine municipal services, transportation facilities and abundant energy resources serve as additional incentives for business development
Manufacturing plants in Coleman produce a variety of quality products for Texas and the nation. A sampling includes leather goods. With production active in all sections of the county, oil and gas ranks with ranching as one of Coleman's most prominent industries
In addition to the recreational riches of area lakes, Coleman presents a showcase for outdoor activities. The area is home to ample populations of deer, turkey, ducks, dove and quail. The plentiful wildlife is also a boon for non-hunting nature lovers. Coleman's City Park, located on the scenic banks of Hord's Creek, offers picnic facilities under majestic shade trees, tennis courts, a recreation center with Olympic-size swimming pool and playground equipment. Noted for its tough stock and talented cowboys, Coleman's PRCA approved rodeo is held annually. Other competitive events include one of the nation's largest county livestock shows, County 4-H Horse Shows and the Coleman County Fiesta de la Paloma and Dove Cook-off Rounding out Coleman's recreational bounty is a Country Club that features club facilities swimming pool and a 9-hole golf course.
Farming and Ranching
Endowed with some of the state's richest grass lands, Coleman County produces outstanding herds of commercial and purebred cattle, horses, sheep, goats and hogs. Approximately 50,000 to 75,000 head of cattle are marketed annually at the Coleman Livestock Auction. The fertile soils and ideal climate of the Coleman area make farming one of the area's biggest businesses. Cotton, wheat, oats, barley and grain sorghums are raised throughout the county.
Education and Culture
Just as its natural bounty, Coleman considers its people an important resource. That is why education plays a significant role in the life of the community. In addition to a elementary and middle schools, Coleman has built a modern high school to prepare students equally well for higher education or entry into the labor market upon graduation.
Cultural institutions are also an important force in and around Coleman. They range from the Coleman and Santa Anna Public Libraries to the Heritage Hall Museum , There are also a Fine Arts League and several civic clubs, including Lions, Rotary and Kiwanis.